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Matthew McConaughey in True Detective

McConaughey as Det. Rust Cohle. “What do you think the average IQ of the Emmy voter is, huh?”

  • Jay Leno at the Emmys: “And the winner is ... Modern Family!” Patricia: “Oh, for god's sake.” My feeling, too. And I love me some “Breaking Bad” but Matthew McConaughey was on another plane with “True Detective.” Nathaniel Rogers suggests some Emmy fixes, regardless of your rooting interests.
  • A friend of a friend, under the nom de Twit “One Observation a Day,” offered up just that for 365 straight days. The year's done and here are the results.
  • From Digital Music News, how the music industry has changed in one gif. The change refers to the thing we buy (vinyl, CD, download), not the music that's on the thing.
  • I wrote my last movie review for The Seattle Times, on “Coach Carter,” in January 2005—I was moving to Minnneapolis—but I returned to their pages last Friday with a short review of “When the Game Stands Tall.” What do these movies have in common? Besides being about coaches and sports? They were both directed by Thomas Carter, Heywood on “The White Shadow,” and he didn't directed any feature films in between. Odd serendipity, no? Plus they're both not good.
  • Have you been following Grantland's “Battle for the Best SNL Cast Member”? Have you been casting your votes? I have, nerd that I am. I really thought it would be Carvey vs. Myers in the “Lorne's Return” era (1986-1994) but it turned out to be Farley vs. Hartman. Here are my assumptions going forward: Murphy vs. Farley in the first 20 year bracket, Ferrell vs. Wiig in the second. The championship will be Murphy vs. Ferrell. Ferrell will win. And more cowbell will be heard throughout the land. But I've always been bad at prognositications. 
  • Why are the big-payroll teams losing so much this year? (Dodgers/Angels excepted.) Joe Posnanski thinks it ties to PEDs or their lack. He thinks it relates to what PEDs allowed players to do ... which they don't do anymore. M's fans take note. Spells doom, shortly. As I warned.
  • You often hear things like “John Oliver explained that better than any journalist ever has!” But how often do you hear it from the Columbia Journalism Review?
  • From the Onion: Judge orders pretty white girl will be tried as 300-lb. black man. Parody, but spot on. Father: “This is America: Nobody deserves to be treated as a black man!”
  • The passing of a family friend. Rest in peace, Mark Saunders.
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Posted at 03:47 PM on Tue. Aug 26, 2014 in category Lancelot Links  


Reed wrote:

That SNL bracket is infuriating me, but I can't look away. The seeding is a mess because they grouped it by era. The second bracket is far deeper than the other three, and probably stronger at the top end as well. Ferrell has an easy ride to the final four. Whoever comes out of the left side will have run the gauntlet. Also, why the hell do I even care?

Comment posted on Tue. Aug 26, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Erik wrote:

Exactly. And yet. So of course. That's why.

Comment posted on Wed. Aug 27, 2014 at 09:23 AM

Erik wrote:

Look today. Turns out Bill Hader beat out Kristen Wiig, which ... Dude's funny and all but not that funny. Plus Phil Hartman beat Chris Farley and is currently leading Eddie Murphy in the final four. Go know.

Comment posted on Wed. Aug 27, 2014 at 09:27 AM

Reed wrote:

I can't really comment on the fourth bracket, and I can't separate Wiig from her Bridesmaids performance which is one of the best female comedy leads I've seen. If I were to rank my opinion on who was the best (and this is an agonizing decision, especially between the top three):
1) Hartman
2) Carvey
3) Murphy
4) Belushi
5) Lovitz
6) Myers
7) Farley
9) Murray

Comment posted on Thu. Aug 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Will wrote:

That observations list is fantastic. With a spot-on “Django Unchained” dig.

Comment posted on Thu. Aug 28, 2014 at 06:15 AM
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